I’m hiring for a position that was advertised as requiring 'excellent written communication skills'. Excellent is obviously subjective, but I was definitely not prepared for a e-mail like this-
“I m Preparing reply for u u u u u u only, Patience to look / see myReply, Thanking u for sanded Ur message.Sowing Seeds of Positive Changei give to u reply shortlythanking u”
I admit I am a near extinct species that resists using chat-speak even while texting or chatting, but try as I will, I cannot bring myself to accept that a message such as this is in anyway acceptable while applying for a job.
Will it really kill the person to type ‘you’ instead of ‘u’.Doesn’t ‘u u u u u u’ take up far more keystrokes than a simple ‘you’? And what’s with the capitalized ‘Ur’- is that to indicate that since the pronoun applies to me, it deserves to be capitalised (proper pronoun, as my six year old might say)? But if that is the case, why is 'I' not capitalised- does he not give himself the same importance as he does me?
‘Sanded?’ I thought of carpenter shops, and desert dunes, before realising he probably meant ‘sended’- like many Indians not familiar with the language, he probably assumes that the past tense of any verb can be created by adding an ‘-ed’ as the suffix.
‘Sowing Seeds of Positive Change?’ Now that is the scariest bit- is he looking for Grammar World Domination? Perhaps I do need to make that down payment on the tropical island to retreat to.
And in case you are wondering, I did not even open the CV. I am definitely not the Grammar Police, but however brilliant he may be, I am pretty sure I would not be able to work with him.